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Partner Castle [1/2] The fortress of fellow seems was built with a high stone wall on a narrow mountaintop.

Partner Castle [1/2] The fortress of fellow seems was built with a high stone wall on a narrow mountaintop.

Partner Castle, a mountain castle built by the fellow seems Lord Miyako and his family’s own clan of the bingo country (Fukuyama City, Hiroshima Prefecture), is a robust early modern castle fortress with a total stone wall, despite the steep summit. Mr. Mori is said to have left this place in the late Tensho (circa 1591) by the territory change, and it was under the rule of Mr. Mohri until Mr. Mori withdrew from the bingo after Sekigahara after. With the withdrawal of Mr. Mori, the castle was also abandoned. The east and west of the mountain has been divided by a huge horikiri to the summit of about 200m altitude, and a lot of high stone walls of up to 5m remain in the eastern Guo Group. There is no similar stone wall building in the surrounding Yamashiro, or this is due to the renovation of Mr. Mori, or the thing of the land Mr. ERA is unknown. A television tower is erected in the main Guo mark, and it can go up by car to the branch point of the east and West Guo Group.

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Name: Partner Castle (Wikipedia)
● Location: Partner, Fukuyama City, Hiroshima Prefecture ( map )
● Lord: Mr. Mori and the Miyabe
-Castle: early 16th century or
-Remains: Ishigaki, Melody, Horikiri, Kirikishi, Toraguchi

Date of Visit: April, 2018
Visit to the castle-the one and two .

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sagatajo-01_2335The partner Castle (Sajo) is built a tune ring group in the shape which divides east and west to the mountaintop of two peaks at an altitude of less than 200m, and a parking lot is provided in the center of the East and west. There is a guide board and a castle monument in the parking lot.

sagatajo-02_2476The Castle Monument is a notation of “saga Tajo” which has different kanji characters.

sagatajo-03_2333Partner Castle Ruins description version. This is a “partner” notation. The main ruins such as the stone wall are summarized in the range of the left and right 200m about the parking lot, and it is said that the ruins of the entire castle pass to the east and West 1000m. Originally, it was maintained as a castle of the fellow seems Lord Miyae and the place Mr. In the south of the bingo, but it became under Mr. Mori with the ruin of Miyabe (1552) and the territory change to Izumo of Mr. Place. It is not written whether the appearance of the modern castle of the total stone wall was built at time. The abandoned castle is around 1600. The tile which was in the photograph in the upper right was excavated from the main Guo, and it seems that the building of the tile was in many lining at that time.

sagatajo-04_2334Only the main part is uploaded from the rope figure published in the explanation version. A thick green line means the existing stone wall. First, let’s look at the western Guo Group on the left and go over the parking lot to see the East Guo group across the moat.

sagatajo-05_2341First, we went down the roadway to see the stone walls along the expressway of the Western Guo Group. In the map above, it hits the Green Line drawn on the left and right in the lower left of the current location. I visited there in April, and it covered the stone wall with a fine grass. Is it almost invisible in summer?

sagatajo-06_2340The stone which was cut out neatly is piled up neatly without a lot of gaps, too. It is a little too beautiful for the stone wall piled up from Bunroku to Keicho early (Mori Mr. Period) from the end of Tensho before Sekigahara. The type is different from the stone wall where there are a lot of gaps in the main enclosure a little more.

sagatajo-07_2342It goes up from this side to the west side enclosure. The top is raised one step higher, and the stone wall remains on the west side.

sagatajo-08_2343Low masonry remains on the west side of the western Guo. Some fine bends are being made.

sagatajo-09_2344West side of West wall. It is piled up about three stages, and the stone which was cut out square is piled up neatly.

sagatajo-10_2346On the west side of the enclosure. In addition, there was a road along the ridge in the west side of the stone wall of a while ago, and a small Horikiri was built on the way, but it was not seen at all in the grass.

sagatajo-11_2350Yamashita looks down from the west side of the enclosure. The altitude is 200m, but looks pretty high.

sagatajo-12_2351It might have been a great place to watch the west side etc. of the main Guo because the west side Guo was a long melody in the East and west, and the circumference fell low. Although it is being shaved, the circumference is depressed, and the processing degree feels sweet. I walked back to the parking lot direction.

sagatajo-13_2353From the edge of the west side of the wheel, slope shape (or ground base? You can get down to the parking lot. The view of the steel tower in the back is the main enclosure. Next, we’ll head over there.

sagatajo-14_2357It goes down the mountain path extending from the parking lot to the east back.

sagatajo-15_2359When advancing for a while, and the vertical moat that was deeply chopped off, dobashi extending to the center, and a huge stone wall appeared in the back!

sagatajo-16_2363It looks like the feeling that the stone wall is piled up on the towering cliff though there is a vertical moat effect in the foreground, too. A tremendous sense of fortification!

sagatajo-17_2367A huge vertical moat dug in front of the main Guo. The feeling that this deep chopped off is well transmitted though it is a overgrown grass. By the way, the other side was feeling of the steep slope of the natural topography rather than the vertical moat.

sagatajo-18_2369Let’s look at the main Guo stone wall across the Dobashi. They use the boulders well

sagatajo-19_2373The stone wall in the back is the main Guo, and it is a one-step low small tune which leads to the main enclosure. At that time, a strong gate was built in the main Guo Ishigaki side, and it is thought that the attack hand had become a structure which did not go up to the main enclosure if not going through the small inflection wheel on the left although the road extended to the main Guo back straight now.

sagatajo-20_2376A splendid stone steps are built in the place where it enters the small tune ring in front of the main Guo. Because the stone wall in the upper part of the main Guo collapsed, there was a stone wall where the old times was a little more high, and the soil wall and the tower were built additionally on that.

sagatajo-21_2377Let’s make a small bend from the stone steps. The stone steps seemed to be seemingly wide, but the right side (main Guo side) was stacked with a low stone wall different from the stone steps, and it is understood that it was a narrow passage which is actually less than 1m.

sagatajo-22_2391From the top of the small inflection wheel, I look toward the main Guo. The entrance to the main Guo is also connected by the small stone steps. At that time, there was a gate on the stone steps, and it was likely to have given a strong impression though the sky spread on the stone wall now.

sagatajo-23_2394Stone steps from the main Guo to the lower passage via the small inflection wheel. It is bent and connected. It is a route to the gate which follows to the main Guo as it is broken to the right as it is when going up, rather than meeting here like the Masugata Tiger mouth. It forms a difference tiger mouth.

sagatajo-24_2380The corner of the small bend. The stone of the tip remains the arrow hole when dividing when seeing well.

sagatajo-25_2382The view of the main Guo stone wall and the great Horikiri view from the small inflection wheel.

sagatajo-26_2392I will go to the main Guo. I saw a splendid stone wall and a tiger mouth on a narrow ridge, and recalled Saeki Castle of the Bungo (2 No Maru Tower gate). The scale is overwhelmingly large over there.

sagatajo-27_2395sThe top of the stone steps is higher than the ground surface of the inflection wheel. The stone on the left and the right is the cornerstone that supported the gatepost?

sagatajo-28_2386From the main Guo, I looked down the small bend and stone steps.

sagatajo-29_2396Is the difference between the height of the main Guo and the small inflection wheel 2m weak?

sagatajo-30_2385I looked down from the main Guo side to the small piece. It was a really small tower stand. It might have been a mechanism that the tower which covers the whole small tower was built, and it goes through in that and it is directly in the main Guo (building).

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Date of Visit: April, 2018
Photographic equipment: FUJIFILM X-T10 + XF10-24mm
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